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Class 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Class Teacher: Mrs Woolman

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Smith

Volunteer: Brendon Wright

A very warm welcome to Class 2's webpage!

This page is designed to inform you of the Year 2 curriculum and ways you can support your child. 

Please check ClassDojo for regular updates and photos about what your child is learning in class. 

We are going to have a wonderful year! :) 

Our Curriculum

Our topic for this half term is:

Girl Power!

We will be learning about inspirational women from the past including

Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell.

Vocabulary 

This year as a school, we will be focussing on enhancing our children's vocabulary. We want all of our children to learn as many words as they can to improve their comprehension and writing. We will have a 'word of the day' and children will be bringing home vocabulary to practise on our knowledge organisers (see below).

The purpose of this knowledge organiser is to give you and your child an overview of what they will be learning in their topic at school. Our current topic has a science focus so the first knowledge organiser is science based. We will be introducing these in class and referring to them as we meet new vocabulary. You could use it as a revision guide, as a prompt for extra learning at home or simply stick it on the fridge and ask your child which words they have learnt so far and what they mean! We hope they will be useful for you and your child. If you have any questions about them, please don't hesitate to come and speak to me. 

Religious Education

St. Peter's Mission Statement

Talk for Writing

At St. Peter's we use Talk for Writing. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully. 

Schools underpin their English work by establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon. 

https://www.talk4writing.co.uk 

In our classroom, you will see lots of our learning on the 'washing line' and working walls. 

You will find out what books and topics your child will be focussing on in the Year 2 long term plan (link below). This may change throughout the year as the children's interests change and develop!

Phonics and Guided Reading 

We follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. scheme for phonics and guided reading. For half an hour per day, we will have a speed sounds lesson where the children will learn a new sound and revise previously taught sounds. They will also practise spelling this within words. We then focus on a book, where we aim to build our fluency. When we are confident reading this text, we are encouraged to answer comprehension questions. 

Maths

In Year 2 we will be using plans and ideas from Maths No Problem. This is a maths mastery approach from Singapore that we are adapting to suit the needs of our children. The children will have the opportunity to work in mixed ability pairs and groups to explore concepts and solve problems. They will use concrete apparatus to explore new learning, moving into visual representations and then the abstract (symbolic) stage.

The children will have lots of fun meeting the characters from the textbooks and exploring the learning for themselves!

 

https://mathsnoproblem.com 

Science

In Year 2 we focus on the following topics: 

Animals including humans

Living things and their habitats

Uses of everyday materials

Plants

Scientists and inventors 

 

We will also focus on working scientifically and we will regularly undertake mini experiments and investigations in class. These will be found in our science floor book.

Supporting your child at home

Homework:

  • Your child will have a homework folder this year. Each week I will put in a simple maths task for your child to complete as independently as possible.
  • There will also be spelling book inside the homework folder containing this week's spellings. Although homework is due on a Wednesday, our spelling test will be on a Tuesday so please ensure they have been practised before then. 
  • You will also find Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words in their homework folder to practise reading and spelling. 
  • At the start of each topic there will also be a knowledge organiser to read and practise (see above). 
  • Reading is the main part of your child's homework and it would be amazing if you could read at home daily with your child and record it in their new reading record. Children are rewarded for regular reading at home.
  • Each half term there will also be a creative homework to complete. 

Words to read and spell

Information

PE:

  • Please ensure full PE kit (indoor and outdoor) is in school all week. 
  • PE is usually on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure earrings are taken out on this day and hair is tied back. 

 

Star of the Week!

  • Every Friday, a child is chosen as our Star of the Week. They will have the opportunity to take home Marble, our class mascot and write about the adventures they get up to over that week! This is shared with the rest of the class the following week. 

If you would like to speak to me, you can catch me on the playground or send me a message on ClassDojo. You can also send me an email to: m.woolman@stpetersprimary.org

 

Many thanks!

 

Mrs Woolman

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